Game Review: Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2

If you like Glee and you find yourself humming its songs after it airs (or rushing to iTunes to buy a copy for yourself), you will absolutely love Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 2. The game is a greatest hits version of the show, letting you sing along with Rachel, Finn, Puck and the rest of the cast on such memorable songs as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl”. Fans will be especially happy that the game includes duets with Neil Patrick Harris’ Bryan Ryan character and Jonathan Groff’s Jesse St. James. Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, the game is forgiving and, worst case, Gleeks will have a lot of fun rewatching the videos from the show.

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Game Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D

Konami hasn’t put out a Pro Evolution game for a Nintendo handheld for a few years and its developers seem to have gotten a bit rusty in that time. Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D is a so-so title, at best, offering a decent game of soccer once people figure out the controls, but forcing players to choose between an impressive-but-restricting view or a functional-but-boring view. Players who want to experience the 3D functionality of the 3DS are likely to choose the former — and will have a harder time playing because of it. The lack of the series’ “Become a Legend” mode as well as online multiplayer is a bit baffling, as well. If you’re a long-time fan of the series you’ll be more likely to find something to enjoy than newcomers, but both sets will feel a bit disappointed.

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Game Review: Adrenalin Misfits (Xbox 360)

Adrenalin Misfits won’t be a game that people talk about in six months. Sadly, many will have forgotten about it. But that’s not to say they won’t have fun with it today. It’s the gaming equivalent of a potato chip: fun to enjoy for a brief moment, but something that leaves you hungry for more. The controls are inexact and might cause some frustration, but not to the extent that families won’t get past it. (Gaming enthusiasts are more likely to notice the problems.) The characters are largely forgettable and try too hard to be edgy, but being able to use your Xbox Live avatar to board down a mountain is novel. Both single- and multiplayer modes (split screen on the same TV) are fun and can be a good bonding experience for families — and might get the kids excited about some real outdoor winter activities.

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Game Review: DanceMasters

DanceMasters is an incredibly fun game that puts no pressure on players to learn complicated moves. The point is less about nailing routines as it is about scoring points and moving. There’s plenty of flailing about, but that’s half the fun. The song selection likely won’t be familiar to people who don’t go to dance clubs, though, so you won’t be able to dance to songs you’re familiar with — and only 20 of the game’s 31 songs are initially available. (You have to unlock the others and DanceMasters isn’t real clear about how to go about doing that.) Downloadable digital content will seemingly broaden the catalog, but we would have liked to have seen one or two familiar songs.

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Analysis: The Big Gamble – Launching A Franchise In A Shifting Genre

[With Def Jam Rapstar, Konami and Autumn Games are trying to break into a genre whose peak may have already come and gone — Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris looks at the risks.]

Launching a new IP is always risky. Launching it in the fourth quarter is doubly so. But launching it in the fourth quarter in a genre that peaked two years ago? That, some might argue, borders on madness.

4mm Games and Terminal Reality are giving it a whirl, though, with Def Jam Rapstar set to hit shelves on October 5.

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